This will be the second year that I have waffled over chiming in on what I like to call “the great December debate”. By this I mean the grand divide between folks who say Merry Christmas and those who say Happy Holidays. (Sorry folks who say Happy Christmas, you get a pass on this one.)
Every year in our house this debate is resurrected and every year I am always on the same side. Most of our house is solidly in the Merry Christmas camp. In a break with my unspoken rule of keeping my politics out of my newspaper writing, I will tell you that I am firmly in the Happy Holidays camp.
I am in this camp for one simple reason; I want you to also have a happy New Year. There are really no politics or religious views involved. Annually it boggles my mind that folks assume all Happy Holidays sayers are participating in some sort of war on Christmas. Fighting with Christmas is not something I could do in good conscience. Santa definitely wouldn’t approve of such behavior.
As an introvert, it is honestly my secret hope that I will see you once during the holiday season, where my one time wish of Happy Holidays for you will cover all of my bases. In my opinion we also tend to forget holidays with some really neat traditions by focusing on Christmas and leaving Hanukkah and Kwanzaa out. In all honesty as long as you are wishing me well I can find little fault in how the words of those wishes are shaped.
This year especially I think that all the well wishes we can share with one another are important, regardless of what words are used. So, from me to you, I want to wish you a safe, healthy and Happy Holidays!
Alanea White is the editor of the Moose Lake Star-Gazette. She can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org